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Hi I'm Raina

I'm a wife, a mother of four, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small farming town. I am the third child of 8 children. As a kid, I spent lots of time doing chores --cleaning house, hauling wood, weeding garden, and taking care of our animals. I remember running up the ditch bank to deliver milk to our neighbor who was also our dentist, in order to help pay the dental bill. I was fortunate enough to have parents who took a great interest in teaching us to work hard, do our best in school, develop our talents, and to come to our own in our testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I attended BYU after high school and earned a BA in Audiology. I loved learning, but I never planned to be a career person. My sites were always set on being a stay at home mom- probably because I had such a great one myself. Today, my husband and I have four great kids and live across the country in the heart of Dixie. We are trying to raise our kids with the same values as our parents had. We study the scriptures and pray together daily to strengthen us for all the challenges we face at work and school. We are involved in our youth and children's groups at church including scouting and early morning seminary. Like other parents we want our kids to be well rounded so the kids are involved in singing, playing the piano and/or flute, and swimming. We tackle as many soccer seasons as we can squeeze in. I like to take care of my home and family, volunteer at the school, try new recipes, sew a little, sing, read a good book now and then, and watch my family grow. Chocolate is my worst enemy and greatest friend...sigh.  

Why I am a Mormon

I continue to build on the foundation my parents gave me because I've taken the time to find out for myself that this is the true church of Jesus Christ. I've studied the doctrines, I've read and prayed about the Book of Mormon. I've spent time on my knees speaking with my Father. I know He hears me and answers my prayers. I believe in the testimony of Joseph Smith- that he saw God, the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. When I hear the living prophet speak, the words feel right and good--even familiar. When I follow that council, I am blessed and find happiness. When I have fallen short or failed to do that, I reap regret and sorrow. So, in order to be truly happy, I try to follow the teachings of the gospel and commandments everyday.  

How I live my faith

I do my very best to help my children know and understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. We study the scriptures and doctrines together, we attend church every week. We try to help and serve others as often as we can. We are careful about what things we participate in. We look for things in the media that uplift and promote good. We avoid things that offend or degrade. I am currently serving as a counselor to the president of our woman's organization in our local unit or ward. I get to oversee the gospel instruction, instructors, and music folks. Every few months, I get to be the instructor which is rewarding, but I prefer to be taught vs. teach. I am also happy to be able to go out monthly with a partner to check on several ladies in our area to make sure their spiritual and temporal needs are met. It gives us an opportunity to develop close friendships, to serve and strengthen each other.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Raina
Yes, we believe that He is the Son of God. He, along with God and the Holy Spirit, is a member of the Godhead- united not in body or being, but in the purpose of bringing us all back to dwell with them after this life. We believe that through the direction of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ created this earth. We believe that He is our elder brother and that He is the only begotten Son of God. He came to earth to set the perfect example for us as to how to live our lives in obedience, love, sacrifice and service. He established His church with prophets and apostles, and all of the necessary ordinances for us to return to Him. Through his suffering or atonement, we are able to repent of our sins and be forgiven. We are able to overcome weaknesses, heart ache, and sorrows. Because He died and was resurrected, the bands of death have been broken and all will live again with perfect resurrected bodies that will never suffer again.   Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Raina
 I love the Book of Mormon. It is a collection of writings, or journals, of prophets who lived in the America's from the time of the Tower of Babel in the "Old World" up until 400 years after Christ. Their writings are all about Jesus Christ and His gospel. The prophets preach repentance, testify of the coming of Christ, His atonement and the resurrection. The book contains the teachings of the Savior from His own lips when He visited the Americas. It tells of His organizing of his church here as well. The prophets after Christ write of his teachings, preach repentance, and faith, etc. The Book of Mormon is an amazing thing. It was protected from those who would destroy it from the very beginning as it was passed through generations. It was protected by one man as he was hunted by those who would destroy him and the book. It was protected in the ground for hundreds of years. Then, again from those who sought to steal it from Joseph Smith. God protected this work because it was meant to be in our hands today standing as a second witness of His Son Jesus Christ, as a witness that God loves all of his children around the world, in every continent and generation. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Raina
We are all God's children and as such are entitled to the greatest blessings He has to offer us. The gospel of Jesus Christ in it's fulness is for all. Show more Show less